Mauricio Pochettino press conference: Tottenham boss hopes to still be discussing Spurs future in five years

Mauricio Pochettino press conference: Tottenham boss hopes to still be discussing Spurs future in five years
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Mauricio Pochettino has no plans to walk away from Tottenham and hopes to still be discussing his future at Spurs in five years’ time.

Pochettino, the Argentine, has found himself under real pressure over the past few weeks as Tottenham have started the 2019/20 season in less than convincing style.

Rumours of his possible sacking have been circulated, and they came to the fore in recent days after Spurs’ Carabao Cup embarrassment at Colchester and the Champions League hammering by Bayern Munich.

Pochettino was in a defiant mood as he discussed rumours he could quit Spurs

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Pochettino was in a defiant mood as he discussed rumours he could quit Spurs

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There have been suggestions Pochettino could even walk away from north London if he is not sacked, but the ex-Southampton boss has no plans to thrown in the towel and quit.

Asked about possibly leaving Spurs during a press conference, Pochettino said: “This is a moment to stay all together.

“It doesn’t only happen at Spurs, but all clubs in the world. In the end all that happens is we lost a game. No doubt we stay all together and we find a way to be successful again. No doubt.

“I think every single press conference we have talked about my future. I hope we are still talking, in five years more, about my future here.”

Tottenham will hope to get back to winning ways when they visit Brighton on Saturday, with talkSPORT bringing you full LIVE commentary of the lunchtime kick-off as part of our GameDay coverage!

The fixture list has been kind to Spurs in scheduling a very winnable match during their period of real crisis, with Graham Potter’s Seagulls struggling to get going this season and without a win since the opening weekend.

Pochettino will be unable to call upon injured pair Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon on Saturday, while Serge Aurier is suspended having been sent off against Southampton last time out.

This has created a selection dilemma at right-back and the boss suggested Moussa Sissoko, the midfielder, could be utilised in the position this weekend.

“If you remember last season at Barcelona in Champions League game he played in that position,” Pochettino said of Sissoko. “It’s not new.

“Moussa was very good for one hour against Southampton, he did very well. That makes me think that his option is bigger than other players.”

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Pochettino also discussed various other topics during his press conference, and we bring you the best bits, below…


On the Bayern Munich match

“Like always our responsibility is to assess the game and take ideas to try to improve. It was a really strange game.

“After the first half, no one expected the result in the end. Our first 30-35 minutes we did really, really well. At half-time I was so proud of the players.

“Sometimes things happen in football that you need to accept when every single shot from Bayern Munich was inside the goal.”

On the current mood at Tottenham

“In this situation what can you do? Nothing. Stay all together. It was tough, the result was tough because you conceded seven goals.

“Now to stay calm, believe in our potential like a team. Stay together, start to create a normal environment, knowing that we need to bounce back. In the end, at least it was only three points that you lost. Everything is open.

“We need to keep working. In your life, as a manager or a player, sometimes these type of periods happen that no-one wants. We need to accept that it can happen in football and we need to face this difficult moment.

“All together we are going to find a way to bounce back and win games, that’s the most important – to win games and change the perception and emotions and start to stay happier than we are today.”

On if his players are still playing for him

“Yes, I really believe. I have no doubt the players always want to do their best to win. They play for themselves, their families, then the for the club and the coaching staff.

“I have no doubt, they have commitment, with four years or one in their contract, that is no doubt. The negative result like the other day was three days after beating Southampton with 10 men, it cannot change completely, the ideas or perception.

“How is it possible to play for one hour with 10 men, beat Southampton and score an unbelievable goal then three days later get beat. If we assess the performance I am more than happy with the performance from Southampton, from Leicester too.

“I cannot justify the result, the result makes it appear a bigger thing. In three days how can it completely change. The most important thing is that it is really clear we are together and we are going to be find a way to breathe again.”

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